Closing 2016 and Naming 2017

In 2016, we participated in Vogue Knitting Live for the first time. This event catalyzed our delving into pattern design, building a relationship with Neighborhood Fiber Company, and being able to support and spread money around to other Black artists and makers. However, VKLive was not the only meaningful thing we have done this year. Rather we have continued to … Read More

Invitation for White Supporters in the Twin Cities

This is an invitation for white folks in the Twin Cities who support The Yarn Mission from me, Jeanne Burns, a white knitter and Yarn Mission enthusiast. Last year after the election I saw an announcement for Safetypin Box, a subscription service for white folks to get learning assignments from Leslie Mac and Marissa Jenae Johnson, two Black women in … Read More

From Reparations to Regeneration: A call for the redistribution of wealth, resources, and access

The Case for Reparations By Ta-Nehisi Coates http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ What Does Justice Look Like By Waziyatawin, Ph.D http://www.livingjusticepress.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={C77C5426-031A-4F37-A7A4-09B76B8B3C5B} Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-06216-7.html            If you seek to learn about reparations specifically for Black people living in what we call United States of America, you will see a contentious … Read More

Five Reasons Why I am not Enamored with the Women’s March (local or national)

I have remained largely silent about the Women’s Marches. This is because I avoid speaking negatively about women of color’s (and in particular Black Women’s) efforts. At this point, this merely warrants the following disclaimer: I recognize that Black Women that I respect are involved in elements of the march’s organization. This is not enough for me to join hands … Read More

Pre-VogueKnitting Live Minneapolis

First of all,  I hope you love the revisions to our website! Second, we have begun gathering in Minneapolis for VogueKnitting Live Minneapolis , which begins later today and continues through November 6th. We are excited to be there and thrilled to have brought other creative artists with us. This three-day event will allow us to sell and build community with … Read More

2015: A Reflection

Minneapolis Genesis The Minneapolis Chapter of The Yarn Mission began in August 2015 after I moved. I was devastated to leave my St. Louis folks. The Article I almost immediately felt out of place in Minneapolis. My Missouri demeanor with Southern roots seemed…unwanted. On August 8th, Sarah Kendzior (http://sarahkendzior.com/) wrote an amazing article (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/06/ferguson-radical-knitters-talk-justice-race-issues) about The Yarn Mission and its … Read More

Part One: On why knitting can be part of the struggle for Black Liberation

This entry will provide a summary of topics that I (and others if willing) will elaborate on over the course of several entries. It will act as a sort of outline and is less than an introduction because each topic has not yet been thoroughly researched. The struggle for Black Liberation is not a struggle for comfort though that would … Read More